Benson Henderson Vows To Move Forward After Disappointing Loss To Rafael dos Anjos

Despite a somewhat embarrassing loss to Rafael dos Anjos in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 49 main event, Henderson said that the loss hasn’t affected his psyche.

“I’m still a pretty confident guy,” he told “I just lost, but my confidence isn’t shaken. I’m still pretty healthy — I don’t know if dos Anjos is pretty healthy. We can run it back another 10 times tonight — that’s the kind of guy I am. So confidence-wise, that isn’t shaken.”

Henderson (9-2) was put down with a knee and punch in the opening round of their headliner main event at UFC Fight Night 49 at BOK Center in Tulsa on Saturday. Referee John McCarthy stopped the fight at the 2:31 mark of the round. The Tulsa fans booed the stoppage, and Henderson said afterward that he was fine to continue. At the event’s post-fight news conference, the ex-champ didn’t back off his opinion that the fight shouldn’t have been stopped.

“No, it was pretty much confirmed, everything I said inside the cage,” Henderson told “It was a flash knockout. They happen. I remember dropping back in the fence — I was like, ‘Aw, that didn’t look good at all. That’s a bad thing right there.”

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